Skip to main content

One man was killed and two were injured after a pontoon boat exploded in Wisconsin on Friday.

The Walworth County Sheriff says the explosion was reported on Lauderdale Lakes in LaGrange, southeast Wisconsin at 12:33 p.m.

The sheriff's office says three men who worked for a local pier service were installing a pier when the explosion happened. 

One of the men died from his injuries, with his death confirmed at the scene. Another of the men was taken to a local trauma center with "severe injuries," and the third was treated and released at the scene.

At this point it's not clear what caused the pontoon to explode, with the incident under investigation by the Wisconsin DNR, OSHA, and local police.

The name of the deceased has not been released at this time.

Next Up

Train Days

Historic locomotives to roll into St. Paul for Train Days

The festival at the Union Depot returns June 4-5.

Dalton tornado

Tornadoes, large hail, damaging wind possible in Sunday/Monday storms

The Twin Cities is among the areas that could get hit.

Redtail Ridge Elementary

Sunbather on the roof triggers shelter-in-place at Savage elementary school

The sunbather told police he was trying to "tan and relax."

Nero

The Raptor Center's ambassador, Nero the turkey vulture, dies at 47

Nero helped save the California condors before taking up his post as an education ambassador.

Ben Leber

Ben Leber named new permanent co-host of 'Twin Cities Live'

The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker was introduced Friday afternoon.

MPR

APM Reports, maker of 'In the Dark' podcast, nixed by Minnesota Public Radio

MPR said "select programming elements" of APM Reports will be incorporated into MPR News.

storm, severe

The latest on holiday weekend severe weather chances for MN

The most significant severe threats are Sunday night and again on Monday.

Arianna Vos

Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.

Related

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 1.59.51 PM

Series of explosions at manufacturing plant injures 6 in Wisconsin

The blast rocked the Wisconsin town just before 7:45 a.m.

fire, firefighter

Dad and 2 children killed in western Wisconsin house fire

A devastating house fire happened early Thursday morning.

fire

Body recovered after fire at apartment complex in western Wisconsin

Authorities were told the building was fully engulfed.

Woman killed in Wisconsin home explosion, husband injured

The explosion could be heard from 15 miles away, a neighbor said.

fire pixabay stock

1 dead, 1 escapes western Wisconsin house fire

The single-story home was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived early Wednesday morning.

1 dead in Superior house explosion, investigation continues

The explosion happened around 10:50 a.m. Sunday.

ambulance

2-year-old dies in farming accident in western Wisconsin

The child was run over by farm equipment, according to the sheriff.

Screen Shot 2022-03-19 at 8.59.22 AM

Investigators solve mystery of baby's 2009 death

The baby's mother has been charged with concealing a death.